NEWS ADVISORY: Attorney to Lecture on Hydro-Fracking, Alien Tort Claims & Torture Victim Protection, Wed. Sept. 29, 7PM

Pace Law grad Peter Cambs will lecture on hydro-fracking, the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victims Protection Act. Hydro-fracking is the controversial gas drilling process exposed as a public health threat by this year’s award-winning documentary “Gasland.”

Public health threat hydro-fracking exposed this year by award-winning documentary “Gasland”

Pleasantville, NY, September 29, 2010– Peter J. Cambs, a Pace Law graduate and an attorney with Parker Waichman Alonso LLP, will present a lecture on hydro-fracking litigation, the Alien Tort Claims Act and the Torture Victims Protection Act on Wednesday, September 29, at Pace University.

Cambs will address the controversy surrounding the gas drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or hydro-fracking, which was exposed by this year’s award-winning documentary “Gasland.” Hydro-fracking involves the injection of millions of gallons of chemically treated water underground to release natural gas that is trapped in rock formations. The process causes chemical additives, heavy metals, radioactive material and other toxic substances to leach into the water supply, posing a public health threat.

Cambs’ presentation will begin at 7:00pm in the Butcher Suite, at the Kessler Student Center, Pleasantville campus, 861 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville, NY, entrance 3. The event is free and open to the public.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is reviewing the environmental impact of drilling in upstate New York, where natural gas companies seek to tap the rich gas reserves of the Marcellus Shale. Cambs and his law firm, Parker Waichman Alonso LLP, recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of 13 Pennsylvania families whose well water has allegedly been contaminated by hydro-fracking fluids.

According to a September 22 article in “The Nation,”Gasland is one of the most important American films in years, exposing this threat to drinking water and public health. The film shows toxic streams, ruined aquifers, dying livestock, brutal illnesses, and kitchen sinks that burst into flame. Winner of the Special Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance, where it premiered in January, Gasland aired on HBO in June and it is now showing in select theaters nationwide.

Legislation aiming to repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act that would require the energy industry to disclose the chemicals it pumps underground in the hydraulic fracturing process has been proposed – the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act.

Cambs will also discuss aspects of the Alien Tort Claims Act and Torture Victims Protection Act and how these laws afford the possibility of relief to victims of the most serious types of human rights abuses, including crimes against humanity, torture, and extrajudicial killing.

Contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

Fresh off her Emmy Award buzz, Temple Grandin speaks at Pace University | LoHud.com | The Journal News

Temple Grandin, the subject of HBO’s biographical film “Temple Grandin,” speaks at Tuesday’s 2010 Convocation at Pace University in Pleasantville. Grandin is one of the world’s most famous autistic activists for people with autism. (Photo: Seth Harrison/The Journal News)

Fresh off her Emmy Award buzz, Temple Grandin speaks at Pace University | LoHud.com | The Journal News.

Temple Grandin, the subject of HBO’s biographical film “Temple Grandin,” speaks at Tuesday’s 2010 Convocation at Pace University in Pleasantville. Grandin is one of the world’s most famous autistic activists for people with autism. (Photo: Seth Harrison/The Journal News)

NEWS ADVISORY: Temple Grandin, Subject of Film That Won Five Emmys, to be Convocation Speaker Sept. 7

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., the subject of the biographical film “Temple Grandin” starring Claire Danes that won five Emmys last week, will keynote Pace University’s Convocation on Tuesday, September 7 from 2 to 3 p.m.

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Contact: Cara Cea, (914) 773-3312, ccea@pace.edu

TEMPLE GRANDIN, SUBJECT OF FILM THAT WON FIVE EMMYS, TO BE PACE UNIVERSITY CONVOCATION SPEAKER SEPT. 7 IN PLEASANTVILLE, NY

Recently named a Time magazine “hero,” Grandin is expected to deepen understanding of “outsider” feelings common to many students

Entire university urged to read “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, AUGUST 31, 2010 – Temple Grandin, Ph.D., the subject of the biographical film “Temple Grandin” starring Claire Danes that won five Emmys last week, will keynote Pace University’s Convocation on Tuesday, September 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. on the Pace campus in Pleasantville, New York (Goldstein Health and Fitness Center, 861 Bedford Road, entrance #3). Media admission by press pass.

Temple Grandin is perhaps the most famous of the world’s many professionally successful people with autism. Her pioneering understanding of animals, drawing on her own special sensitivities, has led to her designing humane handling systems for half the cattle-processing facilities in the US. A Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois, she is a professor at Colorado State University.

The feature-length film on her early years premiered Saturday, February 6 and is still airing on HBO.

From the official Emmy press release: “Temple Grandin, the story of a woman who overcame autism to pioneer humane treatment for cattle, received five Emmys, including best made-for-television movie. Claire Danes was selected for her performance as Grandin and Julia Ormond and David Strathairn won for their supporting roles. Mick Jackson received an Emmy for directing the film.”

Jackson hailed Grandin in the audience. “I tried to make your movie like you: spunky, smart, honest, vivid, sometimes crazily emotional, never sentimental.”

The Pace appearance will be her first in the NY Metropolitan area since the Emmys.

Common reading, common moments

Grandin’s appearance at Pace dovetails with this year’s Common Reading selection, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” by Mark Haddon (Doubleday), a bestselling novel that imaginatively takes readers inside the brave and funny perceptions of a brilliant 15-year-old who happens to have autism. This year Pace is beginning the second year of its Build on Special Strengths (BOSS) program, which  gives students with autism the opportunity—and the support they need—to participate fully in college. The program is believed to be the only one like it in the country.

Grandin’s story is less about people who are “different” than it is about the moments almost everyone has of being an outsider. As one observer noted, “Grandin… is revered.… She is a voice for those who are sometimes challenged to make themselves heard.”

Grandin grew up with what doctors originally wrote off as incurable peculiarities – withdrawal, skittishness, difficulty responding to other people. Thanks to a mother who refused to give up on her, she eventually found teachers and mentors who encouraged her interests in science, supported her awakening sense of her own creative powers, tolerated her stubborn streak, and eventually recognized her gifts.

An advocate for others with conditions on what is now called the “autism spectrum,” she has written seven books and 700 articles, is in high demand as a speaker, and has been featured on media from People to the Today Show. Among others, she has consulted for Burger King and McDonald’s.

Grandin was recently listed as one of twenty-five “Heroes” of 2010 in this year’s Time 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

About Pace

For 104 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

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